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Monday, September 8, 2014

SEPTEMBER COULD BE A CRUCIAL MONTH FOR PLANET EARTH AND HUMANITY


From 11:30 AM on September 21, there will be a People's Climate March on the United Nations in New York City.  You are invited to join.  Watch this nearly hour long video, and click on full screen to feel the impact.

Organized by 350.org (founded by Bill McKibben), this will NOT be a protest, but a supportive response for the U.N. Climate Summit of world leaders, who will meet on September 23, towards "an invitation to change everything."  Hundreds of thousands will be expected, not only in New York City, but nine other cities throughout the world.

From September 26-28 the Ryder cup will be held at Gleneagles in Scotland.  However, the larger event would have occurred the previous week.

On September 18 Scotland votes to secede from the United Kingdom and become an independent nation.  Why?
  • Wants more control over the oil and gas in the North Sea.
  • The central government tends to be conservative, and Scotland is liberal.
History:
  • United with England in 1707 to form the Kingdom of Great Britain.  
  • Ireland added in 1801 to become the United Kingdom.  
  • Most of Ireland left in 1922, so the departure has precedence.
Scotland is only 8.3% the population of the UK, with 32% of the land area.


Until recently, the odds were against separation.  Today, the sentiment indicates that Scotland will leave the UK.  The betting odds favor independence by a significant margin.  The average of popular wagers indicated 2:1 for independence.  However, just today, the central UK government promised new powers for Scotland in taxes, spending and welfare to remain.  Frankly, with ten days to go, it's a toss-up.

Should Scotland gain independence, this would be a "giant step into the dark" for Scotland and England, possibly triggering the dissolution of the European Union.  

September 22 is the equinox (meaning equal night), when summer turns to fall in the northern hemisphere, and winter into spring in the southern half.  This is the day when our Sun shines directly on the equator, and the length of the day and night is nearly equal.

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There are six ocean storms, but none looks particularly threatening:


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